Zombie Bigfoot Review (#horror Comedy)

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Bigfoot is real.

That’s what Sarah’s father told her before his academic disgrace and untimely death.

Now, primatologist Dr. Sarah Bishop is eager to restore her father’s good name. Survival show host Russ Cloud is just as eager to boost his plummeting ratings. They’ll both have a shot at redemption when they find themselves hired by eccentric billionaire Cameron Carson. After a series of his publicity stunts end in spectacular failure, Carson has a plan to redeem his tarnished image: capture a live Sasquatch.

Sarah and Russ join an expedition with an eclectic crew: an Afrikaner safari hunter, a ‘roided out former wrestling star, a Shoshone master tracker full of surprises, a heavily tattooed Russian warrior woman, a pair of wise-cracking nerds, and a cute gum-chewing intern with some hidden skills. Will they find Bigfoot?

There’s something in the woods… but it’s not what they’re expecting. – Goodreads


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Six Wakes Review (Sci-Fi Mystery)

Book cover for Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty

A space adventure set on a lone ship where the murdered crew are resurrected through cloning to discover who their killer was — and the secret to their mission.

It was not common to awaken in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood.

At least, Marie Shea iv had never experienced it. She had no memory of how she died. That was also new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died, from illness once and from injury once…

Maria’s vat was in the front of six vats, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Pituitary, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it could awaken. Apparently, Maria wasn’t the only one to die recently. – Goodreads


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Melancholy Ghost (Paranormal Fantasy)

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From ghost hunter to ghost, haunted.

Barrett has a plan—help Austin regain his memory, surround him with his friends and loved ones, and lead him into the light. Unfortunately, the tragic investigation of a melancholy ghost derails everything.

As new lead investigator, Thai struggles to maintain the high ratings SCI has always enjoyed. After a few subpar investigations, the network execs demand results, even if it means the team must put their lives on the line for a house more deadly than its dead occupants.

There are worse things than being dead.

Austin knows something is wrong. Most people ignore him, time eludes him, and his hands are basically worthless. If only he could remember what happened, he would have the answers he so desperately seeks. He’s sick of Barrett’s lies and Casey’s deflections. Austin will have to figure this one out on his own. Will the truth set him free, or destroy his soul? – Goodreads


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Pilot X Review (Time Travel / Space Sci-Fi)

Book cover for Pilot X by Tom Merritt

Pilot X: What would happen if a time traveler lived in a world where time could not easily be changed and if it was changed, it might destroy everything but himself?

Pilot X just wants to fly a time ship. Specifically the Verity. But the Guardians of Alenda, rulers of his people, throw him in the middle of a time war. When he makes peace they don’t seem pleased. In fact, his own people treat him like the enemy. – Goodreads


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Lovecraft Country Review (Horror / Historical Fiction)

Book cover for Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff

Lovecraft Country: The critically acclaimed cult novelist makes visceral the terrors of life in Jim Crow America and its lingering effects in this brilliant and wondrous work of the imagination that melds historical fiction, pulp noir, and Lovecraftian horror and fantasy

Chicago, 1954. When his father Montrose goes missing, twenty-two-year-old Army veteran Atticus Turner embarks on a road trip to New England to find him, accompanied by his Uncle George—publisher of The Safe Negro Travel Guide—and his childhood friend Letitia. On their journey to the manor of Mr. Braithwhite—heir to the estate that owned Atticus’s great grandmother—they encounter both mundane terrors of white America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devours.

At the manor, Atticus discovers his father in chains, held prisoner by a secret cabal named the Order of the Ancient Dawn—led by Samuel Braithwhite and his son Caleb—which has gathered to orchestrate a ritual that shockingly centers on Atticus. And his one hope of salvation may be the seed of his—and the whole Turner clan’s—destruction.

A chimerical blend of magic, power, hope, and freedom that stretches across time, touching diverse members of one black family, Lovecraft Country is a devastating kaleidoscopic portrait of racism—the terrifying specter that continues to haunt us today. – Goodreads


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Crow Shine – Horror Short Story Collection Review

 

The dark fantasy collection features 19 stories, including the Australian Shadows Award-winning “Shadows of the Lonely Dead”; and original title story “Crow Shine” in addition to two other never before published stories.

 

 

 

 

 

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Caresaway Review (Sci-Fi Short Story)

Book cover for CaresawayCaresaway: If there was a pill that made you successful, would you take it?

What if it also made you a psychopath?

Edward Crofte was a dedicated scientist who wanted to cure depression. After years of work and sacrifice, the Caresaway drug he developed seemed to work wonders… but at what cost?

Years later, Edward’s wonder drug has helped people with depression. But has it also helped destroy the world economy? And what has it done to him? – Goodreads


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Into the Black Review (Military Science Fiction)

Book cover for Into the BlackBeyond the confines of our small world, far from the glow of our star, lies a galaxy and universe much larger and more varied than anyone on Earth can possibly imagine. For the new NAC spacecraft Odyssey and her crew, the unimaginable facets of this untouched world are about to become reality.

The Odyssey’s maiden voyage is an epic adventure destined to make history. Captain Eric Weston and his crew, pushing past the boundaries of security, encounter horrors, wonders, monsters, and people, all of which will test their resolve, challenge their abilities and put in sharp relief what is necessary to be a hero.

A first-rate military science fiction epic that combines old-school space opera and modern storytelling, Into the Black: Odyssey One is a riveting, exhilarating adventure with vivid details, rich mythology, and relentless pacing that will leave you breathlessly awaiting book two. – Goodreads


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Wrathbone and Other Stories Review (Horror Collection)

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Terror follows those who let it into their hearts.

Wrathbone: Guests of President Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln, Major Henry Rathbone and Clara Harris attend a showing of Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. On that fateful night, a great man falls, but he is not alone. For Henry and Clara, the night is only the beginning of lives wrought with jealousy, madness, and horror.

The Only Good Lawyer: Bradley is a savvy defense attorney with no scruples. Under his representation, many a guilty man has gone free. But when a voodoo priest takes the stand, Bradley soon discovers that he, too, is on trial, and the punishment for guilt may be more than he could bear.

Dorian’s Mirror: Dorian loves himself, and why wouldn’t he? Every guy wants to be him, and every girl wants to be with him. He would trade all he has to make his looks last forever, but bargaining with the devil may leave him short a soul.

For the Birds: Nev’s best friend is his parrot. In fact, it’s his only friend… and his only ally when his home is invaded.

Revenge is a Dish: Maurice has landed a dream job, chef for a rich couple on their yacht. The wife has carnal desires for him. Maurice has some carnal desires of his own. – Goodreads


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The Cypher (Guardians Inc #1) Review

GUARDIANS INC.: THE CYPHER is two stories in one. A glimpse into a multinational company that is in reality the oldest of secret societies, one that spans close to seven thousand years of existence, weaving in and out of history, guiding and protecting humanity from creatures and forces that most of us believe are only mythology and fairy tales.

The other is the story of Thomas Byrne, a young man thrust into secrets he shouldn’t be aware of and dangers he shouldn’t face, but that he ultimately will, for he is a Cypher. The only one who can steer humanity’s future.

The ultimate conspiracy theory is that Magic is real. Kept in check by technology, but every five hundred years the balance can shift and, if it does, technology will fail and those creatures we’ve driven into myth will come back with a vengeance.

To protect the present, Guardians Incorporated needs to know the future. – Goodreads

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The Cypher Review

 

The Cypher, book one in the Guardians Inc series, is a well-written story for tween and teen readers. The main character, Thomas, is an almost sixteen-year-old boy whose parents mysteriously disappeared several months back. Obviously, things are not calm in his life, but they’re about to get shaken up even more as the book opens. And from there it just gets fun.

Julian Rosado-Machain knows how to write a book that appeals to the teenage need to feel or be special. He avoids making Thomas into a super-hero by engaging some very realistic limits. Thomas has one special power in The Cypher and that’s it. He can’t read minds, can’t bend steel, anything like that. So it’s easy to imagine that, theoretically, something like that might really happen to the reader. There’s definitely a certain appeal to that even I could recognize.

I loved the pieces of The Cypher that focused on Thomas and his grandfather. I think that the bond between grandchildren and grandparents is a special thing that we don’t see portrayed nearly often enough. You could sense that Thomas really loved and respected his grandfather. And also that the grandfather felt the same way about him.  I hope in future books we can see more of the two of them together. (At least once Grandpa is back to being Grandpa again.) I’m tempted to keep reading the series just to see if that happens.

The Cypher is one of those books that definitely fall firmly into the “science fiction fantasy” category. Technology, robots, elves, magic, and quantum physics all merge seamlessly within it.  There’s even a bit of H.P. Lovecraft’s sandbox mentioned within it. With a bit of classic good-versus-evil, plus a side bit of Thomas learning about the problems with hormones, and some loveable characters, it’s a book that’s easy to like. There are also some scenes where the sheer ridiculousness painted (like the Grotesque waving an energy drink banner) will make you snicker.

The dialogue is believable, the action is good, and the plot moves along fairly quickly. The few issues I had with it were fairly minor. (Ex: Thomas ends up in some situation no adult in their right mind would put him in.) Everything was fairly obvious to me as an adult reader, but even then I still enjoyed it.

In conclusion, The Cypher is a fun, quick read that grabs your attention but doesn’t need brain power to enjoy. It’s one I would definitely recommend for teen boys you’re trying to get hooked on reading. Truthfully, just pick it up for yourself anyways, it’s a nice palate cleanser.

4 Star Rated The Cypher Review

Title: The Cypher | Series: Guardians Inc #1 | Author: Julian Rosado-Machain (site) | Pub. Date: 2012-7-21 | Pages: 200 | ASIN: B008NU34A2 | Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy | Language: English | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: Free on Amazon

 

 

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